I’ve Never Felt Supported By Women In Sports-Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya
Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya speaking at the Top Women Conference in Johannesburg on 14 August 2019. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya on Wednesday said she had never felt supported, especially by women in sports.

Semenya was speaking at the Standard Bank Top Women’s Awards 2019.

Semenya relayed the story of how she got into running and the battles she has faced.

“Since I’ve been in sports, I’ve never felt really supported, I never really felt recognised, especially by women, up until I do it myself… I go and confront most of the women,” she said.

The athlete met a number of hurdles in her career with a recent ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations on testosterone levels, which temporarily stopped her from competing.